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“nice setting but unfriendly staff”

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Villa Ban Lao Hotel
Ranked #189 of 267 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 4, 2010

This hotel has a quiet en nice location, just out of the centre (10 minutes walk.) The rooms are clean and have a nice balcony. The breakfast is very basic, but ok if you only spent a few days.
The lady-owner is very friendly and helpfull, but her staff (the nightwatch) isn’t. During our visit in Laos, this was the only hotel where the staff was not friendly. For this reason I don’t recommend to stay here.
The hotel is also overpriced (but that was also the other hotels we visited in Luang Prabang).

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2009

The exterior says this hotel once was a jewel but not much has been done to keep it in shape. Interior of the room was shabby. Mattress a disaster. Door to the bathroom was so damaged that it could not be closed. The mornings were very cold but breakfast served only outdoors. Besides the travelagent, Teamworkz in Vientiane, made a second booking by their misstake that I had to pay for..

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled solo
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3  Thank tingvar
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Reviewed March 5, 2007

We booked our stay at the Ban Lao guest house for four nights in late February over the internet. We followed all the procedures the Ban Lao required, including reconfirming a week ahead. When we arrived at the guest house, we were told, sorry, no room. But we had reservations that we reconfirmed, we said. Sorry and no interest in helping us. As it turns out, they decided to let the people in the room we had reserved stay longer irrespective of their commitment to us. After much discussion, with multiple persons and us refusing to leave (no where to go in any case as much else was booked that we knew about), the Ban Lao did find us another guest house around the corner to stay.

We can't comment on the facilities other than to note that the lobby was run down, but if you chose to stay, have a back up plan and arrive fully prepared for the worst.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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8  Thank numnuts12
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Reviewed December 26, 2006

Decent place with nice lady owner who has spent time in the States and speaks fluent English. It’s a 10 minute walk from the centre of town which is no bad thing as it’s more peaceful that way. The only thing that isn’t peaceful is that it is next to a Wat (temple) and once a week or so the monks start banging gongs and drums at 3.30 in the morning! It’s all part of the experience, that’s what you come for, and I slept through it the next time.
Try and go for one of the rooms on the top floor of the new wing out the back (25 US dollars when I stayed there in Dec 06). They are fairly basic but very clean with air con, fan and satellite TV so you can keep up with the news on BBC and CNN if that matters to you. One night a tour party came in so I had to sleep in one of the 20 dollar rooms, downstairs in the main house – all the same facilities as before but very noisy, glad it was only one night.
The food in the restaurant is decent enough, not the best in Luang Prabang but OK. Breakfast is included and is small but adequate. The coffee will keep you awake for months! Staff are somewhat reserved but I think that’s because their level of English (other than the owner) isn’t great. That said, they were always friendly and tried hard. All in all it’s a good budget option.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled solo
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2  Thank Worldtraveler67
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Reviewed October 24, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 14, 2016
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Stayed: July 2016
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Reviewed January 6, 2016
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  • Stayed: December 2015, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank corinne M
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Address: Thammamikalath Rd | Ban Mano, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #189 of 267 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $30 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Villa Ban Lao Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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